People naturally assume that having siblings provides special social development benefits for a child. In reality, there are countless other ways only children can learn the same values. Being an only child does in fact offer some advantages that children with multiple siblings have a tough time competing with. Regardless of their reputation for being lonely and a little self-centered, being an only child isn’t nearly as bad as many believe It to be. Here’s a list of the 5 top benefits of raising a lone wolf.
1. Independence and Leadership Quality
Children without siblings grow up with a deeper relationship with self. Many times this translates as “selfishness,” but more times than not, it is a keen sense of independence. Without having big brother to teach you, or little sister to blame things on, only children learn to rely on themselves quicker than other children do. They also learn how to enjoy their own company and are often content with conquering challenges on their own which makes them great leaders.
2. Close Parenting
The close relationship that develops between only children and their parents is probably one of the biggest benefits of being raised solo. It’s safe to say that most parents feel a special connection with their child in general, but there is deep attention that an only child receives that is difficult to match. Moms and dads have the opportunity to spend more one-on-one quality time with their only child and focus on guiding and loving their child individually. This close relationship between parents and only children often results in a certain maturity in the child’s communication style. Only children feel particularly close to their families and tend to enjoy being a part of a community contrary to popular belief.
3. Healthy Self-Esteem
Having a childhood worth of seemingly undivided attention is said to uplift and build confidence. Only children bring that confidence and self-respect with them into adulthood. They are less likely to compare themselves to others. This healthy level of self-esteem and lack of doubt in ones abilities allows them to excel in their work-life.
4. No Sibling Rivalry
The sound of not waking up to a bantering group of siblings is music to our ears. The ongoing tussle between brothers and sisters is exhausting. With an only child, this is one less thing you have to worry about. As long as you teach your children how to resolve conflicts in other ways, constant sibling rivalry is not a necessity for your child’s upbringing.
5. Financial Break
Less we forget one of the most obvious benefits of raising an only child: it’s less expensive. It was reported that it take about $230,000 to raise a child to age 17. We hate to put a price on our children but, doubling and tripling that number a few times with multiple children isn’t cheap. When you have just one child, you are more likely to indulge in extracurricular activities than if you were to have a flock of offspring.
Are you an only child? What were some of the advantages you felt you had growing up without siblings? Tell us in the comment section below.
Written by Christine Barlow, Inventor of 5 Phases Eco-Friendly Baby Bottle System
Mom Christine Barlow is the inventor of 5 Phases eco-friendly and non-toxic baby bottles, the safest and healthiest way to bottle feed your baby. Her inspiration in creating an alternative to traditional feeding bottles came after the birth of her 1lb 7oz micro-preemie baby. Having a compromised child, she became aware how environmental factors were affecting our children. With all the concerns of plastics and infants being the most vulnerable, she felt there was a need for more options for parents who wanted to use glass. She knew she had to act – and the 5 Phases Hybrid Glass Baby Bottles were born.
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